The Grand Center for Arts & Culture

State Street Theater

Special Guest

David Rysdahl

The New Ulm Film Festival welcomes Special Guest, David Rysdahl. A native of New Ulm, David has accrued over 50 acting credits on his resume, including television (The Family), feature films (Dead Pigs), and a myriad of short films. He will be sharing a collection of five short films showcasing his range and variety of films. 

Invited Film


Directed by Jack Beranek

2019 Accepted Films

Directed by Kate Trefry

How to Be Alone

Narrative, Runtime: 0:12:58

How To Be Alone follows LUCY, as she struggles to survive an increasingly bizarre and horrifying night. When her husband JACK leaves for the hospital graveyard shift, Lucy is left alone in the company of a particularly menacing kitchen cabinet, which she is convinced contains all her most secret fears. As the phobias begin to manifest and attack her, she must fight for control of her mind, and ultimately her life.

Directed by Virgil Widrich


Experimental, Runtime: 0:05:00

A black-and-white film that lets you see colors.

Attention! This film contains flashing lights which may not be suitable for light-sensitive epilepsy.

Initially barely noticeable, the first dim flashes of light become continuously brighter and more intense over a period of five minutes. Towards the end they become a staccato of light and dark stimuli that evoke psychedelic colour impressions in the audience. "Light Matter" takes advantage of a physiological phenomenon where the rapid change from light to dark triggers color perception in the brain without the detour via the receptors of color vision in the eye.

Directed by John Wildauer

Follow Where You Lead

Documentary, Runtime: 01:01:01

"Follow Where You Lead" featuring Seth & Jenna Herlich as Him & Her Worship, is a documentary about a midwest couple in a Christian worship band.

Directed by Ellie Jacobson

Blending In

Animation, Runtime: 0:02:29

In an attempt to overcome its loneliness a determined chameleon searches the Madagascar jungle to find where it belongs, but struggles to blend in.

Directed by Beth Peloff


Animation, Runtime: 0:02:52

A lonely person unexpectedly takes a journey to reconnect with life.

Directed by John Akre


Documentary, Runtime: 0:06:50

Polly Vinyl and Dolly Vinyl are both masters of the Theremin and also sisters who never talk to each other.

Directed by Benjamin Hembus

8 for Charles

Experimental/ Deutsche Kino, Runtime: 0:29:33

A trip from Paris to Berlin, from Baudelaire to Techno, from the past to the present, from the old to the new....

Directed by Kevin Isaacson

Tea Party

Narrative, Runtime: 0:08:16

A Southern belle hosts a twisted tea party for the very classmates who tortured her in high school.

Directed by Mitch Yapko


Narrative, Runtime: 0:20:00

When Marvin comes home from work one day, he discovers that not everything is as it was when he left - it seems that the air outside isn't for everyone anymore.

Directed by Margie Kelk


Animation/ Experimental, Runtime: 0:07:47

A stop-motion film that revolves around the destruction produced by human pollution in the marine environment.

Directed by Nik Nerburn

The Great American Think Off

Documentary, Runtime: 0:55:31

Every year, rural New York Mills, Minnesota (population 1,199) hosts a philosophy competition for everyday Americans. Four different people from around the country debate in front of the citizens of this west-central Minnesota town, arguing over questions like “Does Life Have Meaning?”, “Does Technology Free Us or Trap Us?", and "Does Poetry Matter?”. Each year, a new Great American Thinker is chosen by a citizen vote in the high school auditorium.

Directed by Jeff Roltzen & Rocky Steen-Roltzen

Change Our Tune

Animation, Runtime: 0:03:45

Animated Music Video for the song "Change our Tune" by The Lark and The Loon.

Directed by Adrian Meyer

Harvardstein, U.S.A.

Documentary, Runtime: 0:06:00

A junior at the University of Arizona's B.F.A. Film program, Adrian brings his passion for music and the color purple into all of his projects. Alongside a small group of fellow artists, he aims to make the filmmaking process as collaborative as possible, blurring the lines of documentary and fiction.

Directed by Michael Sellers

Return to Hardwick

Documentary, Runtime: 01:12:00

Sons, daughters, and grandchildren of the greatest generation travel to England to uncover the history of a disappearing World War II airbase.

Directed by James C. Martin

Under the Whale

Documentary, Runtime: 0:11:00

“Under the Whale" features the making of a dance/play performance piece on public high school age students in Queens, New York, and Manhattan. The piece is about climate change. It is a documentary of sorts but it is also a personal narrative showing climate change as a sociopolitical problem.

Directed by Brandon Polanco


Experimental, Runtime: 0:14:05

An epic transformation manifests from a seemingly routine interview.

Directed by Theo Hogben

A Most Savage Beast

Narrative, Runtime: 0:15:00

After being enthralled by her favorite movie, a young girl embarks on a quest as a matchmaker and manipulates two strangers into loving one another, with horrific consequences.

Directed by Logan Regnier

Gnome Away From Home

Narrative, Runtime: 0:09:39

A man leaves home to pursue his interest in gnomes.

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